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In the Albert Chevalier song Wot' Cher from 1891 we have the following

Last week down our alley came a toff
Nice old geezer with a nasty cough.
Sees my missus, takes his topper off
In a very gentlemanly way!
"Ma'am" says he, "I 'ave some news to tell,
Your rich uncle Tom of Camberwell,
Popp'd off recent, which it ain't a sell,
Leaving you 'is little donkey shay."

I do not see a meaning for sell in the dictionary here that could match the context in this song. Does anyone have any ideas what the songwriter meant by this? —This unsigned comment was added by Hauskalainen (talkcontribs).

It is verb sense 3, promoting a viewpoint, manipulating. The toff is saying "what I'm saying ain't a sell: I am not trying to con you". Very interesting quotation, thank you. Robert Ullmann 19:36, 17 February 2007 (UTC)